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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Early Intervention in Psychosis

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Mar 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist within the PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service. PATH is a specialist service for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Hertfordshire.

We are implementing the Access and Waiting Time Standard for early intervention in psychosis (EIP), which is a clear national priority for the NHS. This standard will make a major difference to the quality of care received by those with First Episode Psychosis and greatly improve their ability to recover.

It is anticipated that this post holder will work with people accessing the service within East and South East Hertfordshire, but there may be a requirement to work more widely across Hertfordshire to develop and deliver the service.

This vacancy is for a 0.5 WTE post fixed term for 12 months and is suitable for a Band 7 or Band 8a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist who has keen interest in psychosis. Clinical/Counselling Psychologists or CBT therapists with significant experience working with individuals with psychoses, including having relevant training in CBTp and/or FI can be appointed directly into Band 8a. Colleagues interested in a secondment opportunity are welcome to apply. Please contact Dr Gemma Hendry for informal discussions.

Main duties of the job

You will be a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist with a high level of experience in delivering services to people presenting with psychoses. Such experience would definitely have included some training in working with people presenting with Psychoses or at risk mental states. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team, where the Care Co-ordinators will support people across a whole range of health and social care needs, including delivery of psychological interventions such as CBT and Family Interventions, housing, benefits and debt advice.

You will need to be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning, working flexibly and creatively with people in order to achieve their individual goals.

You will be responsible for ensuring the good governance of psychological therapies for people with psychosis within your service area, providing therapy, assessments, supervision and consultation.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Descriptions and Person Specifications for detailed descriptions of main responsibilities.

Person Specification Knowledge/Training/Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist.
  • Post-qualification training in assessment and intervention models in one or more of the following: CBT for Psychosis and Family Interventions for Psychosis
  • At least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service
  • Current full registration with HCPC
  • Experience of supervising qualified clinical staff from a range of professional backgrounds including HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists.
  • At least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including those with physical health conditions and or long term conditions across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration.
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
Physical Skills Essential
  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).
  • IT Skills; including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records.

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